DeSales girls claim first place in SE2B with win over Dayton

DeSales' Teresa Acock (top) grabs for the ball from a Dayton player Friday night during DeSales' 57-32 victory over the Bulldogs.

DeSales' Teresa Acock (top) grabs for the ball from a Dayton player Friday night during DeSales' 57-32 victory over the Bulldogs. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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WALLA WALLA -- For the first four minutes of Friday night’s matchup between DeSales and Dayton, the matchup looked like the one it was billed to be.

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DeSales' Teresa Acock (top) grabs for the ball from a Dayton player Friday night during DeSales' 57-32 victory over the Bulldogs.

Tied atop the Southeast 2B girls basketball Standings entering the game, the teams traded baskets to 6-all, but DeSales, the reigning regular-season SE2B champs, broke away on a 13-2 run and Dayton never caught its breath as the Irish emphatically answered the bell with a 57-32 victory.

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DeSales' Brigit Lyons (right) meets hands with Dayton's Jessica Tate (No. 11) as the two reach for a loose ball during their game Friday.

Teresa Acock led the Irish in scoring, but it was posts Allison Wujek and Abby Crowley that set the tone early, scoring over the Dayton defense and demanding double-teams.

“We thought we had matchups that we could take advantage of,” DeSales coach Tim Duncan said. “Obviously, size-wise it was a mis-match. I think we took advantage of it.”

Acock scored 16 points on six field goals, including four 3-pointers that were largely uncontested.

“That’s what happens when you have that mismatch,” Duncan said of Acock’s open looks. “They have got to find some way to double the post, and once you double the post the ball’s got to get kicked back out.

“I thought Teresa Acock had a great day shooting the ball for us,” Duncan said. “She ended up being a recipient of a lot of those (passes from the low post).”

Post Crowley added 12 points on five baskets and a 2-of-2 night at the line.

McKayla Bickelhaupt led the Bulldogs with 14 points on four field goals and four freebies.

Malia Frame was Dayton’s next leading scorer with five points as the Bulldogs struggled to find open shots.

“I thought we figured a few things out about how to help inside, it was just a little too late,” Dayton coach Clayton Strong said after the game. “Give (DeSales) credit, that’s why they’re one of the gold standards of our league as far as girls basketball goes. We’ve still got a lot to improve on to be on the same floor as them.”

With the win DeSales improves to 10-2 and 3-0 in league and takes sole possession of first place.

Dayton falls back to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in league.

The Irish host Waitsburg-Prescott Saturday at 5 p.m. and the Bulldogs visit the Knights, also at 5 p.m.

DESALES 57, DAYTON 32

DAYTON (32) -- Tate 2 0-1 4, Ramirez 1 0-0 2, Andrews 0 1-2 1, Bickelhaupt 4 4-5 14, Philips 0 2-2 2, Harting 1 2-2 4, Robins 0 0-0 0, Mings 0 0-1 0, Frame 2 1-2 5. Totals 10 10-15 32.

DESALES (57) -- Baumgart 3 1-2 7, James 0 0-0 0, B. Lyons 1 0-0 2, Acock 6 0-1 16, Conley 2 1-1 2, Lesko 1 0-0 3, Wujek 3 0-2 6, Leahy 0 0-0 0, As. Lyons 2 0-0 5, Al. Lyons 0 1-2 1, Crowley 5 2-2 12, Lizardi 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 5-10 57.

Dayton 7 6 6 13 -- 32

DeSales 18 15 9 15 -- 57

3-point goals -- Day 2 (Bickelhaup 2), DeS 6 (Acock 4, Lesko, As. Lyons). Total fouls -- Day 14, DeS 18. Fouled out -- DeS (Conley). Technical fouls -- none. Rebounding -- DeS 27 (Wujek 7). Turnovers -- DeS 13. Assists -- 18 (B. Lyons 3, Baumgart 3, Lesko 3).

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